Miami Marlins: #12 Prospect Peyton Burdick Impressing Early on this Season
By Matt Melton
The Miami Marlins display one of the top farm systems in all of baseball, but one player in particular has been drawing some attention in recent games.
It is no secret who the Miami Marlins top prospects are. We all know top names such as Sixto Sanchez, JJ Bleday, Max Meyer, and more, but what about other talented names? You know, the players who are not currently so highly rated, but will be in due time?
We’ve previously highlighted Marlins #24 prospect in LHP Jake Eder and his hot start to the season down in Double-A, but is there another player similar to this? In fact, there is a player down in Double-A that is starting to draw some attention in the Miami Marlins organization.
Miami Marlins OF prospect Peyton Burdick has been must-see.
That player that has been drawing some attention down in Double-A is Marlins #12 prospect Peyton Burdick.
Burdick was originally selected by Miami in third round of the 2019 MLB Draft, coming off a phenomenal 2019 college season at Wright State where he hit for a .407 AVG with a 1.267 OPS. That carried over for Burdick into A-Ball during the 2019 season where he combined to hit .308 with 11 HRs and 64 RBIs in 69 games played.
After spending the 2020 season in the instructional league, Burdick has started the 2021 season in Double-A with Pensacola where he is turning some eyes. While the .185 batting average isn’t eye-popping, Burdick is showcasing his big-time power potential so far this season.
A .506 SLG pops off the page, as well as 6 HRs and 13 RBIs through 22 games so far this season. Burdick as has collected 6 doubles, as well as stealing two bases so far this season.
Burdick is showcasing exactly what we knew he had going into this season, big-time power potential. If you have been paying attention to the Blue Wahoos so far this season, Burdick hitting tape-measure HRs have become a regular occurrence in recent games, and is beginning to catch the eyes of Marlins fans.
While he is a natural outfielder, Burdick could become a possible DH option in the near future if the NL adopts the DH full-time to pair with numerous options for Miami in the outfield. With the way he is flashing his power-potential at the plate however, Burdick could start rising up the prospect ranks this season.